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Today on "Krestain the Afternoon" – September 5, 2013

Talking about the "things that matter most" on September 5

4:00 – Could there be a 'Saint G.K. Chesterton?'
In his opening address at the 32nd Annual Chesterton Conference held at Assumption College, Dale Ahlquist, President of the American Chesterton Society, announced that Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton, England, has given permission to state that he “is sympathetic to our wishes and is seeking a suitable cleric to begin an investigation into the potential for opening a cause for [G.K.] Chesterton.” The announcement was met with loud cheers and great emotion as members of the American Chesterton Society have long awaited an official step toward G.K. Chesterton’s Cause for Canonization. We talk to Dale about the possibility of St. Chesterton.

4:40 – Pope Francis Up Close
Want to know the inside story of the recent abdication by one Pope and the election of a startling new one--complete with colorful photos and analysis by the noted journalist Philip Lawler?  Well, here it is. An outstanding photo journal featuring more than 150 full color photos tells the inspiring story of Pope Francis.  He loves the tango and was trained as a Chemist. In his youth he had a regular girlfriend whom he planned to marry. For a Pope, Francis has an unusual life story. Drawing from conversations, interviews, inside information, and the Pope's own writings and talks, A Call to Serveoffers first-hand information, moving reflections, and profound insights into the life of Jorge Bergoglio, the fascinating papal election, the challenges ahead, and the heart of Pope Francis. Phil joins us.

5:00 – Race With the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love
Before he was the world’s foremost Catholic biographer, Joseph Pearce was a leader of the National Front, a British-nationalist, white-supremacist group. Before he published books highlighting and celebrating the great Catholic cultural tradition, he disseminated literature extolling the virtues of the white race, and calling for the banishment of all non-white from Britain. Pearce and his cohorts were at the center of the racial and nationalist tensions—often violent—that swirled around London in the late-1970s and early 80s. A one-year prison term spurred a sea change in his life. He is here to talk about it.

Liberals reject Obama’s case for Syria strikes; believe Obama and Kerry are lying

By - The Washington Times
Sept. 4, 2013

President Obama’s liberal activist base is adamantly opposed to military strikes in Syria, according to a new survey the Progressive Change Campaign Committee released Wednesday.

PCCC says more than 57,000 of its activists weighed in, and 73 percent of them opposed the U.S. taking action in Syria. Just 18 percent supported strikes, and just 14 percent said the U.S. should go ahead unilaterally if it can’t find any allies.

Indeed, a majority of the activists don’t believe Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry are being honest when they lay out their justifications for taking military action.


Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2013/sep/4/liberals-reject-obamas-case-syria-strikes-believe-/#ixzz2dzNBmRrj
Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

Abortion Clinic Closes in Michigan, Woman Was Forced to Have Abortion There


by Steven Ertelt | Flint, MI | LifeNews.com | 9/3/13 11:38 AM

An abortion clinic in Michigan where a woman was forced to have an abortion has closed down, according to a pro-life group that monitors abuses at abortion businesses.

“Feminine Health Care abortion clinic of Flint, owned by Alberto Hodari, where abortionist Theodore Roumell runs the business, is now closed, according to local pro-life activists,” the pro-life group Life Dynamics posted today on its Facebook page. The group says 10 abortion clinics in Michigan have closed down since November 2011.

“The abortionist, 78-year-old Theodore Roumell, who has open formal complaints against him, has been doing abortions at the Feminine Health Care abortion clinic after Hodari retired,” Life Dynamics said. “The Flint abortion clinic was in non-compliance with the State of Michigan. Both the medical waste and free-standing surgical license had expired, and following open formal complaints against the clinic, the abortion mill is no longer open, says pro-lifer Lynn Mills.”

The organization indicated called to the closed abortion clinic for abortions are now routed to he WomanCare abortion facility in Lansing that Roumell also runs.

Caitlin Bruce previously filed a lawsuit related to a forced abortion at the clinic.

Bruce had the abortion in April 2008 at Hodari’s Feminine Health Care Clinic in Flint, Michigan. But she told ABC News she changed her mind at the very last second but was pinned down and had her mouth closed as she tried to protest.

A high school dropout trying to make a life for herself, Bruce is the classic case of a minority girl impregnated by a much-older boyfriend — and her father persuaded her to have the abortion.

“I was really confused, asking everybody else what I should do. Everybody told me, ‘You were too young,’” she told ABC. “What I really wanted to hear was, ‘We’ll help you out.’”

On the table for the abortion, Bruce felt the first instrument go inside her and she asked Hodari to stop, but he and his assistants held her down.

“He had a real tight grip over my mouth, but I was screaming .. and trying to pull my legs together,” she said.

Read the rest here: http://www.lifenews.com/2013/09/03/abortion-clinic-closes-in-michigan-woman-was-forced-to-have-abortion-there/

Pope Francis announces global prayer vigil for peace on Sept. 7

 
By Kerri Lenartowick
 
.- Departing from his typical reflections on the Sunday gospel, Pope Francis used his Angelus audience today to call for peace throughout the world, particularly in conflict-ridden Syria.

“I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me,” he said to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 1.


Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass on March 24, 2013 in St. Peter's Square.
Credit: Sabrina Fusco/CNA.
“There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming,” continued the Pope.

“For this reason, brothers and sisters, I have decided to call for a vigil for the whole Church,” he announced.

It will be “a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the Middle East, and throughout world.”
The vigil will take place on Sept. 7, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace. Those who can will gather in St. Peter’s Square from 7 p.m. until midnight: other local Churches are requested to join in the fasting and prayer by gathering together.

Pope Francis extended his invitation to “fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.”

“Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace!” said the Pope.
“All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace,” he charged.

Read the rest here: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-announces-global-prayer-vigil-for-peace-sept-7/

Football: More Than Just a Game


Reagan as George Gipp

Football is a deeply offensive sport. It is violent and triumphalist, and teaches young children that however nicely they play the game, winning still matters. More terrible still, a football team is a roiling cauldron of unvarnished masculinity. Hardly anyone even pretends to want women on the field. Football is an affront to everything progressives hold most dear, and every year at the start of the season, I marvel that it still exists.
 
But it does exist, and even manages to thrive. As culture wars rage all around us, football remains relatively unscathed, which may seem like rather a remarkable achievement. There is an explanation, however. Although the great majority of players, coaches and fans are conservative and Republican, football has powerful liberal friends. Neither the media nor the universities wish to see the demise of America’s most popular (and most profitable) sport. Journalists get excited when the name of a football legend (such as Joe Paterno) is tainted by scandal, and university professors quietly sneer at athletic departments behind closed doors, but their grumbles are muted. In time, lawsuits and parental fears about concussions may destroy the sport, but for now, the almighty dollar keeps it going strong.
Should faithful Catholics be glad or sorry? Certainly, there are moral hazards associated with football, as with every sport. As many wise moralists have observed, athletic prowess, like all human excellences, can breed vainglory and pride. (In light of that consideration, I would advise every gifted athlete to seek a spiritual director at once.) Also, as Romano Amerio grumpily notes in Iota Unum, sports fanhood may contribute to the general cult of body-worship that is already one of the great spiritual evils of our time.

These are heavy charges. It should be said, however, that the love of sport is quite different from the hedonism (including gluttony, promiscuity, and general acquisitiveness) that has poisoned so much of modern life. A moment’s reflection will reveal that sport builds up exactly the sort of discipline that hedonism destroys. But this observation is really just an entry point into a deeper and more significant distinction: hedonism concerns the appetites, while sport is a celebration of the spirit. This is a categorical difference, which may help us to see how sport, although it is not without its hazards, can nonetheless make a very positive contribution to the virtuous life.

At any given time, most Americans could not say which of their compatriots is the fastest, strongest, or most nimble. We pay attention to raw physical abilities once every four years, when they are presented with a flourish in the form of a grand international competition. In general, however, people are not interested in raw statistics. We admire athletes for their ability to employ these skills and capabilities under duress. Sport is a struggle to triumph over adversity, and this, most fundamentally, is what we love about it.

In an athletic competition, the body is used to achieve something decidedly extra-bodily. This thrills us because the athlete in the heat of competition faces a situation analogously similar to our own, as corporeal beings struggling through the battle of life. Watching athletes prevail on the field rekindles our hopes, because we too hope to rise above the challenges and limitations of our natural state to attain a glorious prize.

Most likely we are not reflecting on that eschatological horizon as we watch a sporting match. Many enthusiastic fans will even say that they do not believe in such things. Nevertheless, the thirst for supernatural fulfillment is so deeply engrained in us that we yearn for it whether or not we are able to articulate our desire. We understand intuitively that the human condition is one of struggling to achieve greatness under arduous conditions. This is why the drama of the sporting match resonates with us, regardless of whether we ourselves are athletically inclined.

Football is particularly exemplary in this regard. No other American sport offers such a spectacularly literal display of the struggle to overcome adversity. As every serious fan knows, the battle at the line of scrimmage is the very foundation of American football. Linemen take a kind of pride in their relative anonymity, but their exercise of brute physical force is the center around which all other action turns.

For a quarterback, adversity takes the very definite form of a line of burly men standing mere feet away, who want to pulverize him. For a running back, penetrating that wall of human power is the key to a successful play. For the entire offense, overcoming the looming brigade of fast and fearless enemies will require speed, skill and ingenuity, as well as a significant display of raw strength. Although many sports give us glimpses of the stunning potential of the human body, few present such a thrilling visual juxtaposition of the ardor of competition and the excellence required to emerge victorious.

Read the rest here: http://www.crisismagazine.com/2013/football-more-than-just-a-game?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CrisisMagazine+%28Crisis+Magazine%29

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – September 4, 2013

Talking about the "things that matter most" on September 4

4:00 – 6:00: Direct to My Desk
Today we open the phone lines and let you set the agenda with your questions and comments. As always, we have topics we will bring up for discussion but the show only works with your input. Be ready to call 877-573-7825.

NC Register Publishes Al’s Commentary on Jody Bottum

Are We on the Right Track in the Fight for Marriage?

COMMENTARY: Joseph Bottum’s Essay Critiquing the Church’s Current Efforts Against Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Raises Questions Worth Considering.

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Joseph Bottum’s Commonweal essay, subtitled “The Things We Share: A Catholic’s Case for Gay Marriage,” has not even raised an “Oh, my” among the average Catholic church attender. Among Catholic bloggers, activists and communicators, however, it has generated a roar.

This Bottum controversy was framed badly from the start. It was never about fidelity or infidelity to Church teaching. The Commonweal article was badly subtitled as “a Catholic’s case for gay marriage.” It clearly was not. The New York Times claimed that Bottum did not think Catholics were bound by natural law to oppose same-sex “marriage.” False. He thinks “thin” versions of natural law have rightly failed to persuade. Authentic natural-law teaching does require us to teach against “gay marriage.”

I had the advantage of interviewing Bottum immediately after the essay’s publication and asked him if he had changed his fundamental theological or moral view on “gay marriage.” He assured me, in no uncertain terms, that he had not. He still agrees with the Church: that marriage is between one man and one woman.

Bottum’s essay was always about assessing the culture’s response to our stalled efforts, legally, ecclesially and socially, to defend traditional marriage.

He admits that his style and expression contributed to the widespread misunderstanding of his essay. But blaming Bottum distracts us from two daunting rhetorical problems about our current situation related to same-sex “marriage” and the defense of traditional marriage.

First, “gay marriage” hasn’t yet been tried or tested. It is fresh and unblemished, and this allows Americans to fantasize about how fine it will be for homosexual persons. Christian marriage or some semblance of it, on the other hand, has been tried and incrementally redefined by heterosexual persons seeking easy divorce and remarriage, contraception, abortion, adoption for unmarried couples, toleration of deadbeat dads and the promiscuity that leads to nearly half of our nation’s children being born out of wedlock.

The Christian community that claims to be the defender of God’s design for marriage has consistently cooperated with, or, at least has been unable to resist, the cultural pull that has defined civil marriage deviance downward. What is it that we are now defending in civil marriage?

How to build a visibly Christian marriage alternative formed by sacramental rather than civil awareness and which better provides for family flourishing: This is the task of the next generation of Catholic activists, pastors and social critics.

Read full commentary here

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – September 3, 2013

Talking about the "things that matter most" on September 3
 
4:00 – Kresta Comments
 
4:20 – Where is Billy Ray Cyrus?
When Dr. Meg Meeker watched Miley Cyrus slither on stage at the recent MTV Video Music Awards looking like a cross between a 12-year-old boy and a seasoned pole dancer, she says she felt as though someone had kicked her in the stomach. Clearly Cyrus was coached to act sexually outrageous in order to get attention.  But her handlers forgot to tell her that she would embarrass herself and, hopefully, her family.  Her performance showed how seriously she has been prostituted by adults wanting to gain one thing: a lot of money. And as she moved on stage Meg wondered, Where is Billy Ray?She joins us.

4:40 – A Travel Guide to Heaven for Kids
Soon after his very popular A Travel Guide to Heaven was published, Anthony DeStefano recognized that children also have many questions about heaven. In celebration of the tenth anniversary of that book, Anthony wrote a fun-filled, action story about a little boy named Joey who gets to take a whirlwind tour of heaven with his guardian angel, Gabby. Stunning illustrations bring the story to life, showing heaven to be a place where everyone is happy, the animals all get along, and God's glory is more amazing than anything Joey had ever seen in his whole life. Anthony joins us.

5:00 – Kresta Comments

5:20 – Copts Leaving Egypt Face Challenges of Identity
Coptic Christians must turn to their centuries-long history of overcoming obstacles as they seek to maintain their identity while fleeing violence amid Egyptian upheaval, scholars said at a recent event. "Yes it's a story of decline, but also of survival; yes it's a story of decay, but it's one of endurance as well," said Samuel Tadros, author of the recent book, "Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity."Tadros, a native of Egypt, spoke on the history of Copts in Egypt at an Aug. 22 event in Washington, D.C. and joins us here today.

5:40 – What Are Church Leaders From the Pope to Nuns on the Ground Saying About Possible International Intervention in Syria?
Pope Francis has renewed his call for peace in Syria, urging international leaders to “find a solution to a war that sows destruction and death.” The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said that “the conflict in Syria has all the ingredients to explode into a war of global dimensions.” The Patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch emphasized in a joint statement that they are “opposed to any foreign armed intervention in Syria.” Also Pope Francis has called upon all the faithful worldwide to join in a day of prayer and fasting of September 7 for peace in the Middle East, and especially in Syria. We talk with Matthew Bunson about what the Universal Church is saying about military intervention in Syria.

Armed Guards Placed at Enfield Schools

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013
NBC Connecticut

Armed Guards Placed at Enfield Schools
NBCConnecticut.com
School begins today in Enfield and armed guards have been assigned to schools in the district.
                                                                                                                                  
When students return to school in Enfield today, there will be uniformed guards carrying handguns and not everyone in the school district is happy about it.
The town has hired 18 guards to oversee security within the district. They will be stationed at the front doors and will also monitor school grounds.
 
The police chief said the main goal is to protect the students and teachers.
The guards are retired officers from local police departments who've all undergone training, drug screenings, psychological evaluations and background checks. They will not carry handcuffs and won’t be authorized to arrest or interrogate students.
However, reaction from some parents is mixed.

"I don't think having an armed guard is going to stop anybody if they want to get in. I think they're going to get in," Debby Miller, mother of an Enfield High School student, said.
"It's going to be a more safer community, for not only students but teachers as well," Kayla Gilbert, a freshman at Enfield High School, said.
There are reports that a petition is circulating to bring the armed security initiative to a vote. It has about 2,500 signatures.

Source: NBC Connecticut

NY police spies have penetrated 12 terrorist-suspect mosques

They monitor sermons, serve on boards, and do what the FBI is not allowed to do


Sep 3, 2013
The Christians
It’s been cancelled. The Tea Party Plus is taking over.
It’s been cancelled. The Tea Party Plus is taking over.

 
The New York Police Department was disclosed last week to be maintaining an intensive surveillance on the city’s 175 mosques, auditing the sermons preached in some of them, tracking known Muslim radicals, and planting police informants on their various administrative bodies. This intruded upon the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which said New York lacked the authority to do it. The NYPD replied that its authority lay in its responsibility to protect the city against its greatest danger.

The information came with the release of a book titled, Enemies Within: The NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit  by two Associated Press reporters, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman. Spying operations had been directed against at least 12 mosques since 9/11 in 2001. In that time, the FBI had focused on only one.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly: We have a responsibility to protect our city.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly:
 We have a responsibility to protect our city.

Lawsuits have been launched against the NYPD by the American Civil Liberties Union and two other organizations claiming the spying is unconstitutional because it makes Muslims afraid to practice their faith. The police enter a mosque only when they are following a lead, said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. “We have a responsibility to protect New Yorkers from violent crime or another terrorist attack.”

What if Boston had been so vigilant?

If he needed more evidence, he could of course have alluded to the 2,606 corpses buried in the rubble of New York’s World Trade Center, and the fact that there has not been one successful Islamist attack on New York in the 12 years since. In that time 63 other people have died through 43 acts of violence in the U.S., all in the declared service of Allah and the “religion of peace.” It was unarguable that if the Boston police had been as vigilant, three of those lives would be saved and 170 fewer people injured last April 15. Boston, however, left such things up to the Washington-directed FBI.

Read the rest here: http://thechristians.com/?q=node/591&utm_source=The+Christians+Book+Buyers&utm_campaign=fd34246085-TCH-Issue0105-BB&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e2d8bf6d30-fd34246085-57142977#sthash.Go7qhmJd.dpuf

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